A MUM who suffered the heartbreak of losing her stillborn son 12 years ago will walk 100k this month to raise money for the charity which supported her.

While Sammy Coulson was dealing with the loss of baby Stevie Ronald Cole in October 2009, she approached Sands, a stillbirth and neonatal death charity, for comfort.

The 32 year-old, from West Swindon, said: “They were absolutely amazing. Sands was very supportive when I was going through the whole process.

“I still think about it, he is not far from my mind every day and I don’t think you ever get over loss.

“They gave us a lot of information around stillbirth, knowing we weren’t alone.

“Anytime I needed to talk to them they would listen.”

Stevie had a blocked bladder and in the space of four weeks it tripled in size. Sammy gave birth to him when she was only 17 weeks pregnant.

She said: “He could have possibly lived to 40 weeks but as soon as I gave birth he would not have been able to breathe or his bladder would have shut his organs down.

“But there was no way of telling how long that would have taken, so it was best I had him when I did.

“I was 17 weeks pregnant but because I had tests done during my pregnancy, we found out he was a boy before reaching 20 weeks.”

The charity offers emotional support and practical help to anyone affected by the death of a baby.

“Loss isn’t easy in any respects, let alone children.

“They always say children should be burying you, you don’t bury your kids.

“Sands have got quite a tough job. I feel really happy deep down knowing that I’m doing something that will help raise money for a charity.”

Sammy is aiming to walk 5,000 steps a day in June and raise at least £150.

She added: “I think it’s time now to start giving back. I feel kind of bad because I haven’t done anything sooner.

“But this is not going to be the last time I do something like this.

“If I get more, then great.

“If I don’t, I’ll try and push for more. But I just want to raise as much awareness to Sands as possible.

“I want any parents to be able to get that help. Sands is a good charity to get any help and advice from.”

Sammy now wants to help other people going through the same journey.

“It’s important for me to be able to spread the word and get it out there,” She said. “I want to thank Sands not only for helping me but helping all the parents out there, making sure any parents in the community that is in the same situation are not alone.”

To support Sammy, visit her fundraising page at facebook.com/donate/886437885549916/